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TCM EXCLUSIVE: 2017 Travel Lite Air

Travel Lite announces the 2017 Travel Lite Air and pushes their lightweight hard side truck camper line to the furthest possible extreme.

Travel Lite Air Truck Camper

It’s becoming a habit for Dustin Johns, President of Travel Lite.  He calls Truck Camper Magazine HQ about every six months with a new truck camper concept he could not be more excited about.

In 2014 it was the Illusion series.  In 2015, it was the Travel Lite 625 Super Lite, followed by the Rayzr cabover-less brand.  Then, just a few weeks ago, the phone rang again with yet another bold vision, something Dustin called, the “Air”.

“It’s the lightest hard side truck camper we’ve ever made.  In fact, I think it’s the lightest weight hard side truck camper any production truck camper manufacturer makes, period,” exclaimed Dustin, practically leaping through the phone with enthusiasm.

“And that’s not all,” he continued.  “The Air is going to be the same price anywhere in the United States, coast-to-coast.  You’ll be able to buy an Air in California for the same price as Indiana or Florida, freight included.”

This last statement, “freight included” is indeed a novel idea.  As of now, the closer a dealership is to a factory, the lower the shipping cost will be for their truck camper inventory.  This is why a Travel Lite in Indiana is less expensive than a Travel Lite in California, Florida, or Maine.

Anyone who has read a truck camper bill of sale will tell you that shipping a truck camper is very expensive.  To include that cost in the unit equally coast-to-coast will likely read as madness to the rest of the truck camper industry, but Dustin thinks he’s on to something big.

And did I mention that the Air does not have any available options?  It’s one price, one weight, that’s it.

To get to the bottom of Air the concept and Air the camper, we talked to Dustin Johns, President of Travel Lite Campers.

Travel Lite Air Small Camper Floor Plan

2017 Travel Lite Air Specifications

The 2017 Travel Lite Air is a hard side, non-slide camper made for long or short bed trucks.  The interior floor length of the 2017 Travel Lite Air is 5’9″ and the interior height is 6’3”.  The 2017 Travel Lite Air has a 10 gallon fresh tank and no grey or black tanks.  It can accommodate one battery and has one twenty pound propane tank.  Travel Lite is reporting the base weight of the Travel Lite Air to be 1,120 pounds.  The base MSRP for the 2017 Travel Lite Air is $12,268.

GMC 1500 and Travel Lite Air Camper

TCM: Is Travel Lite Air replacing anything in the Travel Lite truck camper line, or is it an all-new floor plan?

Dustin: The Air is an entirely new floor plan with its own vibe.

TCM: What is the thinking behind the concept of the Air?

Dustin: I had many goals with the design of the Air.  First, I wanted to build the lightest weight hard-side camper on the market, hands down, and to be 100-percent transparent about that weight.

Second, I wanted the Air to fit a six-foot short bed truck with the tailgate closed.  Many people want to fit a camper inside the truck bed, close the tailgate, and use the factory backup camera.  You can do that with the Air with a six-foot short bed truck or an eight-foot long bed truck.  It will fit on the super short bed half-ton trucks, but you just won’t have the ability to close the tailgate.

Third, I wanted to build the Air with a generous set of standard features, but no available options.  We carefully studied what most customers would want in a truck camper like the Air, and made those features standard.  Those standard features are built into the weight and price.

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